Comptroller halts $24 million in suspicious tax refunds

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says his office has halted more than $24 million in questionable personal income tax refunds so far this year.

DiNapoli says his staff has found 7,482 improper filings in 2014, an 18 percent increase over the same period last year.

“Those who break the rules will not profit at others’ expense,” DiNapoli said in a news release. “Tax cheats are continually coming up with new schemes to get money they aren’t entitled to. My office works diligently to make sure only legitimate refunds are paid.”

The comptroller says the majority of questionable returns were filed by taxpayers who claimed refundable credits based on false information such as understated income or inflated number of dependents.

In addition, DiNapoli says more than $1.7 million in refunds filed by more than 600 New Yorkers were stopped because of questionable social security numbers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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